I visited the Dublin Barista, Colin Harmon in his five week old establishment, the 3rd Floor Espresso, on Middle Abbey Street, across the Luas tracks from Arnotts. A more dedicated, passionate barista you will not meet. In a world of mediocre coffee, this is an oasis of great honest coffee.

You won’t get your Tall or Grande Decaff Skinny Soya Latte here. What you will get is a coffee made with the care of a skilled craftsman. And it’s only €2.

With an almost obsessive attention to detail, fresh coffee is carefully sourced from around the world – not just where it’s grown but also from the best places for roasting (one of which happens to be Norway).

It’s then weighed and measured for each cup. If it’s a latte, you’ve ordered, you’ll get “barista art” on top, how the frothed milk is carefully layered on top. This, of course, is no gratuitous doodling, it’s the work of The Barista champion of Ireland and 4th place finisher in the world, Colin Harmon.

His place is the 3rd Floor Espresso on Middle Abbey Street. Dublin coffee lovers have a new Mecca.

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On Twitter: twitter.com/3fe

Web: thirdfloorespresso.com (and Colin’s blog, Dublin Barista)

Video: featured in Steve Leighton’s In My Mug video blog, below